Ch 1: Curriculum Development

About This Chapter

As a teacher, developing and utilizing curriculum is an essential part of the education process. This chapter will discuss different aspects of curriculum to help you use it more effectively in your teaching.

Curriculum Development - Chapter Summary

This chapter will focus on the use of a curriculum in the teaching process. In these lessons, you will learn about the following topics:

  • Explanation of curriculum, including models specifically for kindergarten through twelfth grade
  • Core curriculum and curriculum design
  • Process of curriculum development and the reasons for implementing new curriculum
  • Curriculum catered towards groups of various sizes and ages
  • Characteristics of successful curriculum
  • Process of reviewing and revising curriculum when necessary

After you view each video lesson, you will have an opportunity to take a brief self-assessment which will help you gauge how well you comprehend the numerous facets of curriculum.

How It Helps

  • Defines curriculum: These lessons explain what a curriculum is in detail and define various aspects of it to help you be more informed and able to utilize it in your teaching.
  • Examines importance: This chapter provides reasons for developing new curriculum and explains why this is an essential tool for teachers.
  • Teaches curriculum development: You will be presented with techniques and steps for developing curriculum as needed.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Determine when it is necessary to create new curriculum
  • Develop curriculum that is appropriate for a target age group and class size
  • Review and revise your curriculum according to specific situations

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: Curriculum Development
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What is Curriculum?

1. What is Curriculum?

Teachers are often asked to design or work with particular curricula, but rarely do we get a chance to talk about what curriculum actually is. This lesson gets you toward a definition and gives you a few key guiding points to work with.

What is K-12 Curriculum?

2. What is K-12 Curriculum?

This lesson will define K-12 Curriculum as a general term used by educators to describe courses, goals for learning, and learning activities experienced by students in grades kindergarten through twelve.

What is Curriculum Design?

3. What is Curriculum Design?

Curriculum design is a big part of teaching, but it can be hard to know exactly what it means. In this lesson, you will follow a teacher as he learns some of what goes into effective curriculum design.

What is Core Curriculum?

4. What is Core Curriculum?

Educational experts have worked to define curriculum content for more than two decades. This focus has determined what is core at each grade level while maintaining academic ownership for educators. Learn more about core curriculum in education here.

What Is the Curriculum Development Process?

5. What Is the Curriculum Development Process?

Curriculum development is an important aspect of teaching and learning. This lesson will guide you through the basics of the curriculum development process. You can apply what you learn in this lesson to a variety of content areas and age groups.

Reasons for Developing New Curriculum

6. Reasons for Developing New Curriculum

The content students are required to learn, or curriculum, can change for several reasons. This lesson explores these reasons and gives examples of curricular modifications in the classroom.

Identifying the Scope of Curriculum Development

7. Identifying the Scope of Curriculum Development

Curriculum can be overwhelming if you as a teacher are unable to define its scope. In this lesson, you will learn to identify the scope of curriculum development and think about how the scope impacts your work within a curriculum.

How to Select Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum

8. How to Select Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum

Choosing material that is both age and skill-level appropriate can be tricky for any teacher. This lesson explains the concept behind selecting appropriate curriculum and shares methods of determining levels.

Continuity, Sequence & Integration in Quality Curriculum

9. Continuity, Sequence & Integration in Quality Curriculum

In this lesson, you can learn about three major elements of quality curriculum design. Imagine examples of how to apply these ideas to the classroom, improving your ability to connect past, present, and future learning.

The Importance of Curriculum Review & Revision

10. The Importance of Curriculum Review & Revision

When we develop or choose curricular programs as teachers, we are more successful if we also build in opportunities to evaluate and revise. This lesson explains why evaluation and revision are important and offers some strategies for carrying out these tasks.

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